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Maori form a significant proportion of the modern New Zealand Army, and Maori officers have achieved the very highest commands, their unique culture is deeply embedded in its tradition and daily routines; celebrated by Maori (indigenous) and pakeha (non-indigenous) soldiers alike. The exploits of the 28th (Maori) Battalion in... read more

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"It's the world’s most successful peace keeping mission - which hardly anyone’s heard of!” So says one of the many New Zealand Defence Force personnel interviewed for Sinai Journal: 30 Years of Kiwis serving with the Multinational Force and Observers. 2012 marked the thirtieth year of New Zealand’s si... read more

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Five days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a twenty-one-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. Suddenly a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on the bomber's tail - the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bo... read more

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This title is not meant to be an autobiography or a history, it is a bit of both. What the book depicts, is the psychological strength of New Zealand soldiers and soldiering in human terms, there is nothing which the well - trained and well - led Maori / Pakeha soldier combination cannot achieve. This has been acknowledged an... read more

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Author:Adam Claasen
Series:Anzac Battles Series

This book tells the story of Australians and New Zealanders in one of the Second World War's defining and most memorable campaigns. From July until October 1940, the German air force (the Luftwaffe) sought aerial supremacy in skies over England as a prerequisite for an invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion). The ensuing conf... read more

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A graphic retelling of America's global search for one of the most notorious fugitives in modern times.
From the tragedy of September 11, 2001, to the events that brought a global search for one of the most notorious fugitives in modern times to a dramatic end, Killing Geronimo is the compelling graphic retelling ... read more

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The history of Wigram Air Base and military aviation in the Canterbury region of New Zealand is brought to life by story-teller Bee Dawson. Bee interweaves the tales of early aviators, the influential people who developed the base, the ordinary air force personnel who lived there, and the key events of military aviation in th... read more

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There have been many books written on the SAS, most telling of individual events in the Regiment's history. This book tells the full story, from formation in the sand dunes of Africa in World War II to present action in the Middle East. You'll get an inside look at modern selection and training and the combat engagements that... read more

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Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others "A powerful story, masterfully told."--"GQ" "[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer."--"TIME.com" "Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells.... read more

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From the evacuation of France in 1940 to the final dash to Hamburg in 1945, the 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout the Second World War. Theirs was a war that saw them serve in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of t... read more

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This book is in brilliant colour, with many photographs. It will give the reader an understanding of what it was like to be in the professional, close-knit team that was the RNZAF Air Combat Force. Whether in the flying units at Ohakea and Nowra, or in the support units at Ohakea and Woodbourne, they were true professionals, ... read more

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The Douglas DC-3 Dakota revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry - and in particular the part it played in the Second World War - the 'Dak' is widely regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever built. This title describes the Dakota's rugged anatomy.

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A stunning book about the right stuff in the wrong war. As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating. As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters - and the U.S. Army gave him his chance. They sent him to Vietnam where, between August 1965 and July 1966, he flew more than 1,000 assault missions. In Chickenhawk, Rober... read more

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The history of warfare and the history of medicine are closely intertwined. War has been an accelerator of advances in medical treatment and surgery. As modern weaponry became more destructive, medicine developed techniques and procedures to deal with the volume and nature of battlefield casualties. Preventative medicine has ... read more

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Author:Taylor Downing
Awards:Shortlisted for Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature 2012.

SPIES IN THE SKY is the thrilling, little-known story of the partner organisation to the famous code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park. It is the story of the daring reconnaissance pilots who took aerial photographs over Occupied Europe during the most dangerous days of the Second World War, and of the photo interpreters who ... read more

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This timely publication has many coloured photographs and its writing gives an interesting insight of what today's modern New Zealand soldier is involved in, in the service of his country in Angola, Bougainville, Kuwait, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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In a major research project, Glyn Harper and the National Army Museum combined official war photographs with more informal images to provide a moving visual history. Originally published in 2008, this book has now been beautifully redesigned as a stunning large-format hardback. While primarily drawn from the Museum's collecti... read more

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he First World War was one of the seminal events in world history. The First World War in 100 Objects offers a unique perspective on the world's first truly global conflict. It traces its history through the examination of iconic items like the Zeppelin, the gas mask and Winston Churchill's Cigar, to personal objects which te... read more

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The Royal Navy's operations in World War II started on 3 September 1939 and continued until the surrender of Japan in August 1945 - there was no 'phoney war' at sea. The navy played a central role in the evacuation of the retreating British army at Dunkirk, and later orchestrated the sinking of Germany's mighty battleship and... read more

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